UPDATE: New bond issue on next Columbia high school proposed

The Columbia School Board is considering a plan that would ask voters to approve a single $120 million bond issue for the next high school instead of continuing with a plan to ask for $60 million in 2011 and 2013.

Blunt declares his candidacy for Senate

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt became the first Republican to declare his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by Kit Bond in 2010.

Gov. Nixon urges senators to pass economic development bill

The bill would provide tax credits to businesses that create new jobs under the Quality Jobs Act and double the cap on state tax credits.

UK-based PetScreen chooses MU for American headquarters

PetScreen, a U.K.-based animal health company chose Columbia for its U.S. headquarters. A visit with an MU researcher was the deciding factor in the decision.

UPDATE: Blunt declares 'the fight is in the Senate'

Blunt said voting for him would give Republicans the best chance to pick up another seat and more effectively challenge the Democratic majority there. He said he will not neglect urban areas like St. Louis, where he made his announcement, which have been less emphasized by previous Republican officials.

Columbia School Board considers bond election for new high school

The idea is to get a $120 million bond election on the ballot for April 2010 that would pay the construction costs all at once.

Hickman's Pescaglia advances at state wrestling meet

Hickman's Vince Pescaglia won his only match, but Rock Bridge's Thomas Senseman lost twice and was eliminated.

Scott County sheriff frees man previously charged with murder

Joshua Kezer, charged by Kenny Hulsolf with the murder of a 19-year-old college student 17 years ago, is freed thanks to the diligence of a small-town sheriff.

Cougars' men squeak by Owls

The Columbia College men's basketball team received a wake up call in a loss to William Woods in January. On Thursday night, the Cougars returned the favor with a 61-58 victory.

Cougars women hold off William Woods

The Columbia College women's basketball team defeated William Woods 73-69 on Thursday night at Southwell Complex.

Stephens swimmers look for win

The Stephens swimming team is dealing with some challenges heading into its meet Saturday against visiting Hannibal LaGrange.

Stephens falls to Missouri Baptist

Stephens basketball coach Dane Pavlovich said he saw improvement in his team in an 84-76 loss to visiting Missouri Baptist on Thursday night.

Peanut product recalls

These are the latest peanut products to be recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

UPDATE: Roy Blunt announces Senate run for 2010

Blunt, a Republican, joins Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, as announced candidates for U.S. Senate seat. Republican Sen. Kit Bond said last month he will not seek reelection.

Columbia School Board to name new superintendent Friday morning

Columbia Public Schools will announce who its new superintendent is Friday. Public input mattered, said Steve Calloway, the Columbia School Board's vice president.

Sources: Roy Blunt to run for Senate in 2010

Blunt previously served as Missouri's secretary of state and also as House minority whip in the U.S. Congress. The only previously announced candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Republican Kit Bond, is Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat.

Portion of Cherry Hill Drive closed

A portion of Cherry Hill Drive will be closed through March 9.

Lights finally back on in Southeast Missouri after ice storm

Southeast Missouri residents are said to all have power after a three-week-long outage following an ice storm in late January.

Senate votes to ban alcohol vaporizers

Other states that have banned the vaporizers say they are dangerous because users don't have time to feel the effects of the alcohol before it enters their bloodstream.

KC man, friend accused of raping children

Two girls, aged 16 and 10, were relatives of one of the suspects. The younger of the two acquired two sexually transmitted diseases. The two men are each being held at $250,000 bond.